The next generation Audi Q7 will be making its official global premiere in January 2015 at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The announcement was made by Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg who is a member of the Board of Management of Audi AG as well as head of Audi’s Technical Development. In an interview with IndianAutosBlog he said that “if you make a trip to Detroit, you’ll see it” so expect the launch to occur on January 12 or 13 during the press days of the show.
Chances are an online reveal will occur sometime in December when we will get preliminary details and a first batch of official images. Sales are likely to commence mid-2015 and from what we know so far the next generation Audi Q7 is going to be based on the MLB Evo platform.
Thanks to the new architecture, expect a weight loss of up to 363 kg (800 lbs) while the engine lineup will consist of a variety of six and eight cylinder gasoline and diesel engines along with an entry-level four-cylinder 2.0-liter diesel. There could also be a plug-in hybrid derivative mixing up a 3.0-liter TDI with an electric motor.
Interestingly, the next generation Audi Q7 will reportedly feature an engine equipped with an electric turbocharger which could use the system developed in the RS5 TDI concept that had an electrically-assisted V6 3.0-liter TDI twin-turbo engine producing 385 HP and 750 Nm.